20 April 2009

All being fair and equal…

The legal profession has come a long way in recent years, with many – but not all – lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people no longer having to fear that their chance of partnership will be jeopardised if lunchtime conversations turn to discussions about weekend activities. Yet while the profession will gladly pat itself […]

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Law Soc, Stonewall launch first major gay careers survey

Study aims to establish if gay and lesbian lawyers are coming up against a different glass ceiling Stephen Shea The first major study into how being gay affects a lawyer’s potential for career advancement is underway, with the Law Society working alongside the InterLaw Diversity Forum and gay rights group Stonewall to identify the obstacles […]

Germany: The überfirms

The fight to be top of the German legal market is in full swing, with some unexpected changes in the past 12 months. Aled Griffiths reports There have been plenty of surprises in the German ­market this year. Parts of Shearman & Sterling sheared off remarkably quickly, while Linklaters went on the attack – with […]

Succour little children: Tara Camm, Save the Children Alliance

As general counsel of the International Save the Children Alliance, Tara Camm is committed to keeping all of the charity’s global members pulling in the same direction. Tara Camm Celebrating its 90th birthday this May, Save the Children has much to be proud of, all spurred on by a founder who has entered the history […]

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Focus: Career changes, Pastures new

With all the recent layoffs, maybe it’s time to change tack altogether. The Lawyer meets a restauranteur, an author and a handbag designer, who all said farewell to the law to follow their dreams According to statistics only about 2 per cent of people decide to take the gamble and quit their jobs to pursue […]

Skadden and Latham lead on Qatari bond issue

A duo of US firms has won lead roles on the State of Qatar’s recent $3bn (£2bn) sovereign bond issuance. Latham & Watkins ­partners Bill Voge in ­London and Doha-based Craig Stoehr advised Qatar on the deal, which was its first sovereign bond issuance since 2000. The firm has a longstanding relationship with the Qatari government, having advised on its […]

Hausfeld settles with trio in airline action

Hausfeld has reached a settlement with three individuals who sought to strike out the UK portion of a ­settlement reached in the US courts. In February 2008 Hausfeld’s legacy firm, Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Co, reached a settlement in a US price-fixing class action brought against British ­Airways and Virgin Atlantic (TheLawyer.com, 15 February 2008). The […]

SJ Berwin scores role for British Land on sale of Broadgate estate

SJ Berwin is understood to be advising property company British Land on its potential sale of a 50 per cent stake in its £2.5bn Broadgate office estate in the City of London. While British Land has used firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the past, it is understood that on this occasion it has turned […]

A&O and Linklaters refresh Britvic’s £300m bank loan

Drinks maker Britvic has renegotiated its £300m banking facility, with Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters winning key mandates. Linklaters, led by banking partner Philip Spittal, represented longstanding client Britvic. A&O edged out Clifford Chance to act for the six lending banks – Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Bank of Ireland, Lloyds and Fortis. […]

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US firms post dismal City figures

After such a bad year – and an even worse one predicted – US firms may struggle to remain committed to the London market The table published today showing the top 30 largest US firms in London by revenue ­underlines how tough conditions have become for all participants in the legal market. Total revenue, when […]

Milbank adds commercial litigation in City

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has launched a commercial litigation practice in London, hiring DLA Piper partner Julian Stait to handle technology disputes. Stait, a former head of technology, media and ­communications (TMC) at DLA Piper, will work in ­Milbank’s two-partner IT and outsourcing team. Milbank now has 13 ­partners in London under European managing ­partner […]

Bridge McFarland

After outgrowing its Lincoln base, Bridge McFarland is marking 2009 as the year to expand its presence in the North East. Darryn Hedges Having grown from a high street practice into a personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence ­specialist, the firm is broadening its outlook. Over the past year it has made hay while the […]

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